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Forests cover nearly 40% of Dominican territory

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s forests cover more than 39% of the country’s territory, which puts it within the Millennium Development Goals’ target of 34%, said Environment minister Bautista Rojas on Sunday.

“We also surpassed the government’s target of planting over 50 million trees, while many ecosystems recover and have a higher percentage of our territory to 25% under the protection regime,” the official said to mark World Environment Day.

In a ceremony held at Santo Domingo Este’s main park, headed by president Danilo Medina, Rojas warned of the environment crimes’ impact on the ecosystems and urged the people to be more aware.

“In almost every country in the world wildlife is threatened by illegal trafficking of species, destruction of natural ecosystems and mountains, increasing the agricultural frontier, ranching, indiscriminate logging, open pit mining and uncontrolled urbanization, and the Dominican Republic isn’t exempt from that,” Rojas said.

Under the slogan “Go wild for life, the future of wildlife is in our hands,” the event attracted hundreds of people who took part in the organized activities.

Source: DT

June 6, 2016

Category: DR News |

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